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    Are Housing Association Allowed To Do The Following?

    The HA who are my landlord have just written a letter to the residents within my block, stating that they will be installing some new bin stores...

    is the HA allowed to install the these at what i assume to be at the tenants expense?

    The idea was never proposed to us and they gave us minimal notice of the works.

    Well, that would depend on the terms of each persons tenancy, which may be different as there are at least 5 different tenancy types for HAs,- see
    Housing association tenancies

    Assured tenancies with housing associations
    Housing association starter tenancies
    Assured shorthold tenancies with housing associations
    Demoted housing association tenancies
    Secure housing association tenancies
    -and sadly, apologies, I can't read all those tenancy agreements from here.

    Humbly suggest you read your TA and see what if anything it says on the subject. What sort have you got, please?

    Does the letter state tenants will be asked to pay for this work, please? I presume the work would result in an improvement over current arrangements?

    Anyone own their own flat? What do all the other occupants think on the new stores?
    I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...


      Will they cost more than £250 per long leaseholder?

      Does new mean replacement, or were there none there before? In the latter case, was there a fire safety issue with the previous arrangements?

      Are you on a right to buy lease, or where the flats built for sale? Right to buy leases tend to allow the landlord to do the things they would do for their short term tenants, and tend to allow the use of service charges for improvements.

      I cannot see any exclusions for social landlords from section 20 consultation requirements, although the normal provisions about emergencies would apply,

      Generally, any question as to whether a freeholder can do something is subject to the individual lease, so cannot be answered without seeing it.


        This was asked in the long leasehold section, so I assume that this is a long lease, either as an outright lease, or as a shared ownership arrangement. The latter being an additional sort of HA lease.


          Just to clarify, I am a leaseholder that has purchased my flat (over 100 yrs left on lease). Under the arrangement, I am leasing from the landlord who is a Housing Association (HA). And the HA is leasing from the freeholder..

          Within my block, there are approximately 3-4 owners.. the rest on benefits, were homeless, required assistance etc


          The HA wish to install brand new bin stores..

          Currently, residents store rubbish in large wheeled bin. There are a number of them and they have a secure area..

          I believe that the HA will wish to install the bin store within the similar area but but in another location. They have never provided a rationale on why we need new bin stores

          If the bill will be on the HA then I have no issue, but if I will be paying then I am not best pleased as it is an unnecessary imo and little to no warning was provided.

          I will read my lease to see what I can pick up...


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